A BJP ally in the Uttar Pradesh government has blamed the Bajrang Dal and the VHP for Monday's mob violence in Bulandshahr that killed a police inspector and a local resident and demanded they should be banned.
The Vishwa Hindu Parishad called his demand a publicity gimmick.
"They only indulge in creating a rift between Hindus and Muslims. All this is going on just in view of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, Rajbhar said.
The temple-mosque issue is raked for gaining political mileage," he said, referring to the demand for the construction of a Ram temple at the disputed Ayodhya site.
"Had they run the state properly, this situation would not have come. It is their failure due to which the BJP has come to power," he said.
Such a cheap publicity gimmick by a minister is against constitutional values," he said.
He demanded that the chief minister must take action against the minister.
"Such a statement, when the probe is on, can influence the outcome. Everyone is sad over this unfortunate incident. This is an attempt to defame the government as well as these organisations.
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